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in israel with a bomb explosion on board a bus today and a rumored cease-fire that never happened. crude is up $1 as the secretary of state has arrived in cairo. a big day full of planes, trains and automobiles with tens of millions of americans set to embark on their holiday weekend journeys. our phil lebeau is in chicago with more on the holiday travel landscape. how painful is it going to be? >> you know, carl f you're traveling, you always need a little more patience thanksgiving weekend. for the airlines, they're keeping their fingers crossed because if you look at a map of the united states, you really don't see any major storm systems. that means if it's a smooth weekend, you talked about this being important to the profitability of fourth quarter, that's certainly good news for the airlines. take a look at the number of people who will be traveling this thanksgiving weekend. just under 44 million people. that's a slight increase from last year. the average amount they're spending, that's down 10%. less than $500. why? in large part it's because fewer people are flying. they're no
fighting escalate in the gaza strip as we continue to watch what israel and what palestinians are doing in the area and the fact that there does not appear to be any cease-fire on the horizon although egypt's prime minister is in gaza today urging some international cooperation. we're also looking at the fact that oil prices here in the u.s. have basically erased this week's losses because of the gains that we're seeing currently in the oil complex. we're also hearing reports about iraqi enjoy saying that arabs should use oil to press israel over gaza. those headlines helping to cause this bid in the oil complex. in the gold market, we've seen steady declines over the last several sessions and now a little bit of stabilization in the gold market. there are concerns based on the world gold council report about demand particularly out of china. we've seen the cme lower margins for gold and silver so that may have an impact on the trading activity from here. carl, back to you at the white house. >> all right. thanks so much. in a half hour from now the president will hold key meeting with
and we have geopolitics and israel saying they won't take direct hits from syria. that is something that the market has been watching very closely as well. the big story that has long-term ramifications for the u.s. oil industry and for the global energy trade is definitely the report today from the international energy agency where they said that they believe that the u.s. will become the top oil producer in the world by 2020. overtaking saudi arabia. overtaking russia and the fact that u.s. will be self-sufficient by 2035. this is a huge sea change in the debate that we've been hearing about the dependence on foreign oil, about green energy and the fact that we're looking at this share revolution is having an impact not only on oil markets but natural gas markets here in the u.s. and international energy agency highlighting this in their report. back to you. >> thank you very much. shares of disney getting an upgrade after getting battered last week. citi upgrading from buy to neutral. they are saying that lucas films acquisition will weigh short terms on profits but it paves the
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